2011 Formula One season facts for kids

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2011 FIA Formula One World Championship season
Drivers' parade at 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix
Champion driver Germany Sebastian Vettel
Second driver United Kingdom Jenson Button
Third driver Australia Mark Webber
Champion constructor Austria Red Bull Racing
Previous season: 2010   Next season: 2012

The 2011 Formula One season will be the 62nd FIA Formula One season. The FIA announced they would consider adding a thirteenth team to the grid . On 8 September, 2010, the FIA announced that they would not add a new team. The same twelve teams from last year will compete this year. The race schedule was going to expand to twenty rounds with the running of the Indian Grand Prix, but the Bahrain Grand Prix was cancelled due to the high amount of protesters. Bahrain was briefly put back on the schedule before being cancelled again by the organizers of the race.

Teams and drivers

The new Concorde Agreement signed on 1 August 2009 continues the terms of the 1998 agreement. It will run until 31 December 2012. The FIA published the entry list on 30 November 2010 (updated 2 December 2010).

Team Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Race Drivers Rounds Test/Reserve Driver(s)
Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB7 Renault
RS27–2011
P 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel 1-16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
2 Australia Mark Webber 1-16
United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-26 Mercedes
FO 108Y
P 3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 1-16 Spain Pedro de la Rosa
United Kingdom Gary Paffett
4 United Kingdom Jenson Button 1-16
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari 150° Italia Ferrari
056
P 5 Spain Fernando Alonso 1-16 France Jules Bianchi

Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Spain Marc Gené

6 Brazil Felipe Massa 1-16
Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes WO2 Mercedes
FO 108Y
P 7 Germany Michael Schumacher 1-16 TBA
8 Germany Nico Rosberg 1-16
United Kingdom Lotus Renault GP Renault R31 Renault
RS27-2011
P 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld 1-11 Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy
Brazil Bruno Senna
France Romain Grosjean
People's Republic of China Ho-Pin Tung
Czech Republic Jan Charouz
Brazil Bruno Senna 12-16
10 Russia Vitaly Petrov 1-16
United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW33 Cosworth
CA2011
P 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 1-16 Finland Valtteri Bottas
12 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 1-16
India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM04 Mercedes
FO 108Y
P 14 Germany Adrian Sutil 1-16 Germany Nico Hülkenberg
15 United Kingdom Paul di Resta 1-16
Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C30 Ferrari
056
P 16 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 1-16 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez
17 Mexico Sergio Pérez 1-6, 8-16
Spain Pedro de la Rosa 7
Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR6 Ferrari
056
P 18 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 1-16 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
19 Spain Jaime Alguersuari 1-16
Malaysia Team Lotus Lotus T128 Renault
RS27-2011
P 20 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 1-16 India Karun Chandhok
Brazil Luiz Razia
Italy Davide Valsecchi
Angola Ricardo Teixeira
21 Italy Jarno Trulli 1-9, 11-16
India Karun Chandhok 10
Spain HRT F1 Team Hispania F111 Cosworth
CA2011
P 22 India Narain Karthikeyan 1-8 India Narain Karthikeyan
Australia Daniel Ricciardo 9-16
23 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 1-16
United Kingdom Marussia Virgin Racing Virgin MVR-2 Cosworth
CA2011
P 24 Germany Timo Glock 1-16 Japan Sakon Yamamoto
Canada Robert Wickens
25 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 1-16

= Race schedule

The FIA released the race schedule for the 2011 world championship. A new race, the Indian Grand Prix, had been added. However, the Bahrain Grand Prix was called off due to the political unrest in the country.

Rd. Official Race Title Grand Prix Circuit City / Location Date
1 Australia Qantas Australian Grand Prix Australian GP Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit Melbourne 27 March
2 Malaysia Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix Malaysian GP Sepang International Circuit Kuala Lumpur 10 April
3 People's Republic of China UBS Chinese Grand Prix Chinese GP Shanghai International Circuit Shanghai 17 April
4 Turkey DHL Turkish Grand Prix Turkish GP Istanbul Park Istanbul 08 May
5 Spain Gran Premio de España Spanish GP Circuit de Catalunya Barcelona Catalunya 22 May
6 Monaco Grand Prix de Monaco Monaco GP Circuit de Monaco Monte Carlo 29 May
7 Canada Grand Prix du Canada Canadian GP Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Montreal 12 June
8 Europe Grand Prix of Europe European GP Valencia Street Circuit Valencia 26 June
9 United Kingdom Santander British Grand Prix British GP Silverstone Circuit Silverstone 10 July
10 Germany Grosser Preis Santander Von Deutschland German GP Hockenheimring Hockenheim 24 July
11 Hungary Eni Magyar Nagydij Hungarian GP Hungaroring Budapest 31 July
12 Belgium Shell Belgian Grand Prix Belgian GP Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Spa-Francorchamps 28 August
13 Italy Gran Premio Santander d'Italia Italian GP Autodromo di Monza Monza 11 September
14 Singapore SingTel Singapore Grand Prix Singapore GP Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore 25 September
15 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Suzuka Circuit Suzuka 9 October
16 South Korea Korean Grand Prix Korean GP Korean International Circuit Yeongam 16 October
17 India Airtel Indian Grand Prix* Indian GP Buddh International Circuit Greater Noida 30 October
18 United Arab Emirates Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Abu Dhabi GP Yas Marina Circuit Yas Island 13 November
19 Brazil Grande Prêmio do Brasil Brazilian GP Autódromo José Carlos Pace São Paulo 27 November

* Subject to circuit approval

Changes

  • A new race, the Indian Grand Prix, has been added to the schedule.
  • Pirelli will be the only tyre.
  • Adjustable rear wings will be allowed. This will replace the adjustable front wing used in 2010. During the race, the wing may be adjusted only during selected conditions. After the first two laps, the driver may adjust the wing at selected locations on the track. The driver must be within one second of the car in front. This change should improve passing.
  • The F-duct, used in 2010, has been banned.
  • Shortened shark fins. The shark fin, the raised engine cover that connected to the rear wing has been banned. The height and length of the engine cover has been limited.
  • KERS, or Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems will be used again. It was not banned in 2010, but all the teams agreed to not use it. To encourage teams to install and use KERS, the minimum weight of the car has been increased from 620 kilograms (1,367 pounds) to 640 kilograms (1,411 pounds).
  • The 107% rule will return to qualifying. The 107% rule is used for the first qualifying session (Q1). The rule will be used to keep cars that are too slow out of the race. Any car that cannot set a qualifying time within 107% of the fastest car will not be allowed to enter the race. The rule does not apply to Q2 and Q3.
An example: The fastest car in Q1 sets a time of 1 minute and 40 seconds (or 100 seconds). The 107% time will be 1 minute and 47 seconds (or 107 seconds). A slower car sets a time of 1 minute and 45 seconds. It will be allowed to race. Another car sets a time of 1 minute and 48 seconds (or 108 seconds). This car will not be allowed to race.
Under some special conditions, the race stewards may allow a practice time to count for the 107% rule.
  • Starting with the European Grand Prix, the FIA will no longer allow teams to change the engine mapping parameter after the qualifying session.
  • Starting with the British Grand Prix, the FIA will no longer allow teams to flow constant exhaust gas when off throttle. Several teams had directed the exhaust gas to exit under the car. They then changed the engine to continue flow a large amount of gas through the exhaust when the driver let off the throttle in the corners. This gave the car better aerodynamics.

Results and standings

Race results

Round Grands Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor
1 Australia Australian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Brazil Felipe Massa Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault
2 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Australia Mark Webber Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault
3 People's Republic of China Chinese Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
4 Turkey Turkish Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Australia Mark Webber Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault
5 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault
6 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Australia Mark Webber Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault
7 Canada Canadian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
8 Spain European Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault
9 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Australia Mark Webber Spain Fernando Alonso Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari
10 Germany German Grand Prix Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
11 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
12 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Australia Mark Webber Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault
13 Italy Italian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault
14 Singapore Singapore Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Jenson Button Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault
15 Japan Japanese Grand Prix| Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
16 South Korea Korean Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault
17 India Indian Grand Prix
18 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
19 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix

Scoring system

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1
  • Points are awarded to the top 10 finishers.
  • Half points are awarded if the race is stopped with less than 75% of distance finished.


Drivers standings

Pos Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
CHN
People's Republic of China
TUR
Turkey
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
EUR
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
KOR
South Korea
IND
India
ABU
United Arab Emirates
BRA
Brazil
     Points
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel 234
2 Australia Mark Webber 149
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 146
4 Spain Fernando Alonso 145
5 United Kingdom Jenson Button 134
6 Brazil Felipe Massa 70
7 Germany Nico Rosberg 48
8 Germany Nick Heidfeld 34
9 Russia Vitaly Petrov 32
10 Germany Michael Schumacher 32
11 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 27
12 Germany Adrian Sutil 18
13 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 12
14 Spain Jaime Alguersuari 10
15 Mexico Sergio Pérez 8
16 United Kingdom Paul di Resta 8
17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 4
18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 0
19 Italy Jarno Trulli 0
20 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 0
21 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 0
22 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 0
23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 0
24 Germany Timo Glock 0
25 India Narain Karthikeyan 0
26 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 0
27 India Karun Chandhok 0
Pos Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
CHN
People's Republic of China
TUR
Turkey
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
EUR
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
KOR
South Korea
IND
India
ABU
United Arab Emirates
BRA
Brazil
     Points

Pole position in Bold.
Fastest lap in Italics.
Driver did not finish the Grand Prix. Driver was classified (ranked) because they finished over 90% of the race.

Key
Colour Gold Silver Bronze Green Blue Purple Red Black White Light blue
Result Winner 2nd place 3rd place Points finish Non-points finish Did not finish (Ret) Did not qualify (DNQ) Disqualified (DSQ) Did not start (DNS) Practiced only (PO)
Non-classified finish (NC) Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ) Race cancelled (C) Friday test driver (TD)
(starting in 2003)
Blank Did not practice (DNP) Excluded (EX) Did not arrive (DNA) Withdrew entry before the event (WD)


Constructors standings

Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
CHN
People's Republic of China
TUR
Turkey
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
EUR
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
KOR
South Korea
ITA
India
ABU
United Arab Emirates
BRA
Brazil
       Points
1 Austria Red Bull-Renault 1 383
2
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 3 280
4
3 Italy Ferrari 5 215
6
4 Germany Mercedes 7 80
8
5 France Lotus-Renault 9 66
10
6 Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 16 35
17
7 India Force India-Mercedes 14 26
15
8 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 22
19
9 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 11 4
12
10 Malaysia Team Lotus-Renault 20 0
21
11 Spain HRT-Cosworth 22 0
23
12 United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 24 0
25
Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
CHN
People's Republic of China
TUR
Turkey
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
EUR
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
KOR
South Korea
ITA
India
ABU
United Arab Emirates
BRA
Brazil
       Points

Pole position in Bold.
Fastest lap in Italics.
Car did not finish the Grand Prix. Car was classified (ranked) because it finished over 90% of the race distance.

Key
Colour Gold Silver Bronze Green Blue Purple Red Black White Light blue
Result Winner 2nd place 3rd place Points finish Non-points finish Did not finish (Ret) Did not qualify (DNQ) Disqualified (DSQ) Did not start (DNS) Practiced only (PO)
Non-classified finish (NC) Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ) Race cancelled (C) Friday test driver (TD)
(starting in 2003)
Blank Did not practice (DNP) Excluded (EX) Did not arrive (DNA) Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

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